Linda Nemec Foster Teaches in Poland

The following photos were taken during Linda’s classroom discussions, lectures, and meetings at the Academy of Technology and Humanities in Bielsko-Biala, Poland during the month of October, 2019.

Linda teaches a class on translations and literary interpretations for an English language seminar (which includes Polish students and Spanish exchange students).


Linda (far right) conducts her all-college lecture for students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Tony Foster sits behind the podium/table directing a PowerPoint program that highlights Linda’s specific poems (e.g. “The Old Neighborhood” which describes the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969—shown).


Linda and her husband, Tony, meet administrators and faculty. Shown here (l-r):
Dr. Andrzej Harleck (Vice Rector of the University), Linda, Dr. Tomasz Markiewka (English Department Professor), Professor Maria Korusiewicz (Head of the English Department), and Dr. Tony Foster.

Linda Nemec Foster’s Poetry Residency in Poland

One of the sponsors of her residency was the city of Bielsko-Biala. Dr. Tony Foster, Deputy Mayor Adam Rusniak, and Linda Nemec Foster stand in front of the historic City Hall in late October, 2019.

Linda Nemec Foster’s Essay “Dear Lake Erie” is Included in a Reading and Publication, Art Speaks to Water: Love Letters to the Lakes

The program and publication was presented to the International Joint Commission on Great Lakes in Traverse City, Michigan.

For more information about this environmental cause, visit the organizers’ (FLOW – For Love of Water) website at:

Interview with Shelley Irwin on WGVU

Linda Nemec Foster was interviewed by Shelley Irwin on WGVU (the NPR affiliate in Grand Rapids) on May 31st for the Morning Show to discus her 2019 Michigan Notable Book Award.

To listen to the full interview, please click here.

Linda Nemec Foster is Interviewed on WBLV-FM (Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s Public Radio Station)

Linda Nemec Foster was interviewed on WBLV-FM by radio host, Foley Schuler, on March 5, 2019.

To listen to the full interview on WBLV’s website, click here.

Poet Laureate Archives from the Grand Rapids Public Library

Linda Nemec Foster’s personal and detailed records of her accomplishments as Grand Rapids’ first Poet Laureate is now available through the Grand Rapids Public Library.

To view the full records, click here to visit the Grand Rapids Public Library.

The Lake Michigan Mermaid is a finalist in a National Book Competition Sponsored by ForeWord Reviews.

The Lake Michigan Mermaid is a finalist in this national book competition for independent, university, and small presses sponsored by ForeWord Reviews for the following prize: “2019’s ForeWord Book of the Year Award in Poetry”.

The Lake Michigan Mermaid is a Finalist in a National Contest for Superior Cover Artwork by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.

The Lake Michigan Mermaid is a finalist in this prestigious national contest given for superior cover artwork by the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for the following prize: “2019’s The da Vinci Eye Award”.

The Lake Michigan Mermaid is Selected by the Library of Michigan as a Michigan Notable Book for 2019

This annual award honors 20 acclaimed books from over 300 titles submitted. The Lake Michigan Mermaid is among those celebrated.

To view the full list, click here to visit the Detroit Free Press website.

Michigan Public Radio Recommends The Lake Michigan Mermaid as One of the Top Michigan Notable Books for 2019

The Lake Michigan Mermaid was honored as a “2019 Michigan Notable Book” by the Library of Michigan.

To view the full list of Michigan’s Notable Books (including Michigan Radio’s interview with Linda Nemec Foster & Anne-Marie Oomen), please click here to visit the Michigan Radio website.